Photographer and physicist R. John Anderson has journeyed the world over in an effort to capture the natural beauty of God’s creation. Having traveled to many countries and nearly all continents, in a span of over 30 years, he has seen the amazing artistry that can be found in all types of locations from the glacial fjords of polar Greenland to the wild Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the rich rain forests of Costa Rica. Nature’s greatest natural beauty often lies in the harshest deserts, remotest wilderness and sub-zero ice covered regions.
Q. What is your favorite place that you've been to?
A. I'd have to say that there are two locations in particular that have impressed upon me the most. The first is Greenland, with it's immense scenery - glaciers, mountains of ice, and crystal-clear glacier blue fantastical ice formations. The second is Death Valley, where I feel a great sense of calmness, peace and serenity in the unbelievably harsh and stark yet beautiful landscape. I guess I've picked two opposite extremes yes? - the furnace of Death Valley and the brutal cold of the arctic are definitely contrasts in climates. I'd be remiss for not mentioning close runner ups: Iceland with it's seemingly endless landscapes to explore, as well as the Serengeti plains of Africa.
Q. What is your least favorite place?
A. Ah, that's easy...the airport. Need I say any more?
Q. What is the most rewarding for you in doing nature and landscape photography?
A. Obviously, I get a real rush out of capturing an intense landscape, frozen in a moment of time illuminated by epic light with weather conditions that are sometimes quite rare to experience (e.g. a full rainbow in Death Valley of all places). But beyond that, the main pleasure I get from my photography is when I actually see one of my prints being hung for the first time in someone's home or office as it takes it's place on the wall...that is really what it's all about. That is what makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Q. What do you like the least about doing landscape photography?
A. Ah, again that's easy...getting up early. I’m not a morning person, but you have to do what it takes to get the shot. So, you have to push yourself to make sure you're on location - at the right place and at the right time. You can't miss either of those and still make "art".
Q. Any final words?
A. Yes, in today's "instant message" and 5-second "tweet" society, we usually get caught up in the hustle and bustle to always move or get somewhere quickly, seemingly instantly - we never slow down even for an instant to capture any experience. So I think there’s something special about a well done photograph which stops time. I hope my work can help "stop time" in that regard for you also, so the natural beauty which surrounds us can be more fully appreciated.
If you would like to read about how I capture and develop my photography, you can read my artist statement.